TXDOT SAYS: “All alternatives [of the construction project] would cause disproportionate high and adverse impacts to minority or low-income populations. . . . no reasonable alternatives would avoid adverse impacts or have substantially less overall adverse impacts than other alternatives.”
MORE CONCRETE,MORE FLOODING
This flooding potential will be exacerbated by development in the woods and prairies to the north of Houston, which development will result from
TXDOT's I-45 expansion plans.
The easier (albeit only in the short term) for those in The Woodlands and north to drive downtown, the more people will relocate there and the more development will ensue. This will eliminate precious land to soak up rain water.
SUNKEN LANES, PUMPS & FLOODING
The sunken lanes downtown and just north of I-10 will require
pumps to divert water.
TXDOT assumes those pumps will not fail.
Moreover, that water must be pumped somewhere.
TXDOT plans to channel all that water into bayous that are already taxed.
TXDOT states that Flood Control is on board. County Judge Hildago made it clear on July 26th that Flood Control has NOT signed off on TXDOT's plan.
TXDOT will destroy residences (both single and multifamily) in the inner city neighborhoods, resulting in a considerable loss of affordable housing and low rent residences. Some of the residents' families being displaced have lived in these neighborhoods for generations. Due to gentrification and the tremendous increase in the cost of inner city property, these displaced residents - many of whom are low income - will have no place to go except out - way out - to places where there is no mass transit and are no services available for low income folks.
There will be a significant loss of tax revenue and business income from the I-45 expansion.
More lanes mean more vehicles - cars, semis, trucks, etc - mean MORE NOISE POLLUTION.
Studies have shown that the more lanes a freeway has, the more congestion and the more accidents result.
Moreover, kids and pedestrians will be at risk of death crossing more lanes
More lanes mean more vehicles - cars, semis, trucks, etc - mean MORE AIR POLLUTION.